Angeleños: L.A.'s Golden Age
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About the Author
"In Angeleños, Ron Schuler traces his complicated roots in lush but tightly-wrought prose reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and Gabriel García Márquez. This sweeping book - part novel, part memoir, part biography of place - is a map of four family trees, telling the complex, vital story of what it means to be an immigrant in these United States. Traveling seamlessly from farming communities in Mexico in the early 1900s to Frank Sinatra's Los Angeles and the Hollywood Bowl of the 1940s, Schuler fictionally recreates the lives of his ancestors and shares with readers a journey that brings a cast of vivid characters brilliantly to life. This book is a gift for any reader interested in that most essential human quest - how we can understand our lives through the lives and hearts of those who came before us."
-- Lori Jakiela, author of Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe
"[A] well-thought-out novel about immigrants and migrants-newcomers trying to figure out how to live and fit into Los Angeles during the 1920s, 30s and 40s ... Schuler carefully builds his characters and places them in a well-researched and accurate depiction of the era, weaving them through a maze of historical events toward the unexpected and surprising end."
-- Richard Soto, founder, Chicano Research Center, Stockton, California
"...[U]nforgettable characters ... moment after moment that will stick with you."
-- Ray Werner, playwright (Night Song; Elder Hostages trilogy; Poster Boy)